76ers ac­quire All- Star Butler

The Republican Herald - - SPORTS - By DAN Gelston

Jimmy Butler has his wish: He’s out of Min­nesota.

And just like that, Philadel­phia has a new Big Three — one that could make se­ri­ous noise in the Eastern Con­fer­ence.

A per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion said Satur­day that Butler is be­ing traded to the 76ers in a pack­age that will send Dario Saric and Robert Cov­ing­ton to the Tim­ber­wolves. The per­son spoke to The As­so­ci­ated Press on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause the trade had not yet been an­nounced by ei­ther team and was still pend­ing NBA ap­proval, which is not ex­pected un­til Mon­day.

Justin Pat­ton will also be sent to Philadel­phia, and Jer­ryd Bay­less and a 2022 sec­ond- round pick are also go­ing to Min­nesota, the per­son said.

The Ath­letic first re­ported the agree­ment.

Philadel­phia’s “Process” led it to the sec­ond round of the playoffs last sea­son be­hind two of the game’s youngest, bright­est stars in big man Joel Em­biid and point guard Ben Sim­mons. Butler, an elite wing and out- stand­ing de­fender, will join them in a quest to rule the Eastern Con­fer­ence now that Lebron James has left that

league to join the Los Ange

les Lak­ers fol­low­ing eight straight trips to the NBA Fi­nals with Mi­ami and Cleve­land.

The first or­der of busi­ness will be mak­ing the trade of­fi­cial, some­thing that could come in time to get Butler in uni­form for a game at Mi­ami on Mon­day. The next step for Philadel­phia will be coming to an agree­ment on an ex­ten­sion for Butler, a pend­ing free agent who made clear to Min­nesota that he would not be re- sign­ing there in 2019.

Trans­lated: The Wolves had to trade him, or they would lose him for noth­ing over the summer.

Butler, who turned 29 on Sept. 14, has been an All- Star in each of the last four sea­sons. There are also con­cerns, though they clearly didn’t put off Philadel­phia. Butler has missed at least 15 games in four of the last five sea­sons, in­clud­ing a ca­reer­high 23 games last year while deal­ing with a knee in­jury.

Philadel­phia will be­come Butler’s third team, af­ter Chi- cago and Min­nesota. He’s a ca­reer 16.5 point- per- game scorer, though that is skewed by his first two sea­sons that were very mea­ger on the scor­ing front. He’s on pace this sea­son to av­er­age at least 20 points for the fifth con­sec­u­tive year.

“Welcome to the best sports city in Amer­ica,” quar­ter­back Car­son Wentz of the Su­per Bowl cham­pion Philadel­phia Ea­gles tweeted to Butler.

satur­day’s re­sults Griz­zlies 112 76ers 106, ot

MEM­PHIS, Tenn. — Mike Con­ley scored a sea­son- high 32 points, in­clud­ing 21 af­ter half­time, as the Mem­phis Griz­zlies de­feated the short­handed Philadel­phia 76ers in over­time.

Marc Ga­sol fin­ished with 18 points and 12 re­bounds as Mem­phis re­mained un­de­feated at home. Gar­rett Tem­ple added 17 for the Griz­zlies.

J. J. Redick led the Six­ers with 20 points, while Ben Sim­mons fin­ished with 18 points and 14 re­bounds. T. J. Mccon­nell had 16 points and seven as­sists, in­clud­ing a key fourth- quar­ter of­fen­sive burst. Joel Em­biid had 14 points and 14 re­bounds for Philadel­phia, but was 4- of- 15 from the field.

rap­tors 128, knicks 112

TORONTO — Pas­cal Si­akam scored a ca­reer- high 23 points, Jonas Valan­ci­u­nas had 19 points and 10 re­bounds and the Toronto Rap­tors beat the New York Knicks, im­prov­ing their league- lead­ing record to 12- 1.

clip­pers 128 bucks 126, ot

LOS ANGELES — Lou Wil­liams hit a jumper with .3 sec­onds re­main­ing in over­time, lift­ing the Clip­pers to the vic­tory.

war­riors 116, Nets 100

OAK­LAND, Calif. — Kevin Du­rant had 28 points and 11 as­sists, Quinn Cook scored a sea­son- high 27 in place of in­jured Stephen Curry and the Golden State War­riors used an­other big run in the third quar­ter to pull away and beat the Brook­lyn Nets.

JIMMY butler Traded from Tim­ber­wolvesto 76ers

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